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Rufous-tailed Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Rufous-tailed Moupinia

Photo by James Eaton
Yulong, Xueshan, Yunnan, China, July 2004
Moupinia poecilotis

Chrysomma poecilotis


15cm. A small babbler.

  • Brown above
  • Whitish to buff below
  • Rusty wings
  • Long tail
  • Short bill with decurved upper mandible


Found in a small area in south China from northern Sichuan south to nortwest Yunnan.
Fairly common in its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sometimes placed in the genus Chrysomma.


Grass, thickets near streams, scrubby hillsides. Found at 1500m to 3300m, occasionally higher.



Feeds on invertebrates. Forages in dense undergrowth 2-3m above the ground. Sits up in the open.


Breeding season from June to July. The nest is a cup made of leaves, twigs and bark. It's placed in a small tree near the ground. Lays 3 eggs.
Resident species.


Recording by china guy, Labahe, China, April 2012


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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